City on a grain of salt. Tuzla means a place of salt and it lays on top of the salt lake. It is suspected it has been there for around 7000 years as one of the oldest places in Europe.
This shot is from the opening night of the Archeological Park, the opening was postponed on Sunday 27th of August and finally it has been opened tonight by our mayor Jasmin Imamovic.
Here you can see settlers 'living' on the Panonic Sea in perehistoric times, and in the background are the stilt houses they lived in – the Archeological Park. There is a believe that first stilt houses in Europe were built in this region.
There were 150 artists in the opening show, folk artists, dancers....
It was a family gathering for me and I enjoyed it very much.
<'Tuzla Wave' happening continues...
Respectively this is Miep van der Doelen, girl from Netherlands as a clown playing with kids on our streets.
Do U like clowns?
=) =) =)
Young people from Tilburg - Netherlands, Italy and other European countries came to Tuzla for ‘Tuzla Wave’.
They play with kids, organize music and painting workshops, kids play with a clown from Tilburg, paint faces ... Lots of fun.
It makes a big difference for these kids learning new skills and playing at the same time.
This is supposed to be a garden of the restaurant 'Robinzon' which is on the Lake Modrac I mentioned before.
The state of the beach is very poor at the moment and the only decent thing on the shore of this lake is a small hotel Senad of Bosnia. In the last few years nobody was taking care of the area so it doesn't look that nice any more.
Have a prosperous week.
It was a nice day today but around 6pm sky got dark followed with the heavy rain.
I was supposed to post a shot of the opening of the Archeological park tonight but the rain forced cancellation so I was left short handed, instead you got this.
No particular reason for putting up this photo, I took it by chance and liked it.
The shop is just opposite of the old cinema 'Centre' I posted few days earlier.
Have a happy weekend!
Fruit 'n' Veg market
We have a very good fruit and veg market called - pijaca.
Lots of good fresh and organic produce you can find here. Also in one part of the market there’re stalls selling cloths, cosmetics, shoes…
It’s been renovated in recent years.
Today city centre was occupied by a film cru, actors in traditional costumes, animals...
On this exact place there was a fruit and veg market long time ago and I suspect they tried to create that market from the past.
When I found out what's the film about I'll let you know. Security couldn't tell us much.
p.s. I found out the film that has been filming yesterday has a working title 'City on the grain of salt' and it's going to be a documentary about the city throughout the history.
I was trying to take a photo of a spider that was sitting on this flower for some time, but as soon as my camera clicked he/she was gone =( despite my luck the flower was still there happy to smile to my camera =)
Painter & Writer
This part of the city is called Korzo – walking area, very popular.
Few years back we got these two statuettes of Mesa Selimovic, on the right, one of the biggest writers in Bosnia and on the left is Ismet Mujezinovic one of the most celebrated painters.
They were regulars on these streets in their time.
Old cinema Centar
This is an old cinema Centre in the heart of the city and it’s still awaiting for renovation… You can still see wounds of the war
When will renovation happen nobody knows… they covered it now with adds =( and as far as I’m concerned it looked better without it
Anyway have a great day =)
In this part of the town called 'Slatina' there is a huge chess playground.
These pensioners get out every day to play chess no matter what the weather is, even when it's snowing. It's a great time to spend time with friends and have fun at the same time.
They have to take turns because there are quite a lot of them.
They kindly allowed me to take few photos of them =)
It's been very hot in the last few days in Tuzla, so many of us spent a day at the Panonica Lake.
Unexpectedly we had a group of tourists, they played ball with locals and enjoyed the weather with all of us.
Have a nice weekend.
I'm watching the opening of the 12th Sarajevo Film Festival as I'm writing this post on my laptop. Lots of guests this year, amongst so many: Abel Ferara, Mike Leigh, Nick Nolte, Simon Mc Burney and many more.
OK this post it's not about Tuzla, it more about my country but since it's a big happening over here I feel obliged to let you know about it.
Here you can see the poster of the 12th SFF, they are plastered all over the city.
This year’s Festival will be launched with multiply awarded Romanian film “12:08 East of Bucharest”, directed by the young and promising Corneliu Porumboiu.
The festival has started while the war was still on. Now it's the biggest regional film festival and attracts lots of people from west.
Bosnian film No Man's Land won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002 and that attracted attention to our very young cinematography.
This post is about one unusual day in Tuzla at our lake.
This little boy has learned to swim today, so today’s DP is dedicated to him.
I took my nephew’s son for a day and was on a mission to teach him to swim. He was very playful and courageous enough and managed to make his first swim alone this very day.
I'm so proud of him.
It was a really memorable, wonderful day, so I have to share it with you.
Hope you had something interesting happened to you today?
Goat is the symbol of Tuzla from middle ages.
There's an old saying that the whole Tuzla was feeding from cheese and milk from one goat and it saved the people of Tuzla from starvation, and we have nice saying in rhyme, but when you try to translate it, it doesn't sound even near as the original in Bosnian.
Nice statue of our darling goat we have in front of Hotel Tuzla.
On a rainy day
What do you do on a rainy day?
I went for a walk with my aunty around Panonica Lake, only few days ago the lake was full of happy swimmers...
I chose this photo to compensate for not putting self portrait shot at the beginning of the month.
As promised, here is the famous zucchini pastry or tart.
Hope it's not too rustic for you, it's very tasty and healthy for that matter.
Recipe for zucchini pastry:
7 big spoons of corn meal (I like coarse corn meal)
2 big spoons of white meal-powder
1 small spoon of salt
1 big spoon of olive oil
1/2 glass of milk
200 ml = 7 oz of yogurt
1/4 small spoon of baking powder
3-4 small zucchinis or 1 if its bigger shred
After you shredded zucchinis mix all the ingredients together. Use bigger tin and spread some olive oil all over it, heat it on the highest temperature and when it's hot take it out, pour the ingredients (it shouldn't be too thick) and bake it till it's golden.
It's sunny again today, hooray.
And don't forget to have a great week.
Just got back from theatre, I was at the premiere of Dr Faust by Christopher Marlowe which was directed by Haris Pašović, Bosnian biggest theatre director. It's a collaboration of East West Center Sarajevo, British Council and Bosnian Cultural Centre Tuzla.
Lots of important people came form Sarajevo especially for this premiere, it was such a thrill to sit just behind 'theeee' Tim Clancy - founder of Green Visions.
Authorities are trying to make Tuzla a theatre city =)
I'm a trained acctress and I wish I can play in one of the plays directed by Pašović... oh wishfull thinking.
Plums are in a full swing here, very delicious, lots to eat and than in September people will start making famous Plum brandy – rakija – slivovitz.
Have a wild weekend.
Wedding of the day
In Bosnia, the wedding ritual is to ornate the cars with flowers, then after the ceremony the bride, the groom and the guests sit in the cars and drive to the place where the celebration is to start.
To let everyone know that they have just got married all the cars play the horns. Very loudly.
We came across one such wedding parade today. The celebration goes long into the night, and there is lots of drinking and eating good Bosnian food on the menu.
Children from the families help with seating the guests and so earn some money for their efforts. At the end of the day, everybody is happy: the guests are drunk and well fed, kids are a little richer and the newly weds happy to start a life together.
Delicious bread. Do you want some?
They are delicious but sure to put few calories on your fit bodies. The baker was happy to pose for us, but we didn't buy any this time.
Dads fishing boat
My dad likes fishing and this is his fishing boat. Also he grills the most delicious fish you are ever unlikely to taste =)
This is flower from my mums garden, we call it 'bozur' and I have no idea what's the name in English, maybe somebody will recognize it.
It has a wonderful smell, and they can be white, red, pink...
I have been growing my chillies for a couple of months now and as you can see they are quite tall, but they just refuse to flower, so no chillies.
I sowed 4 different kinds of chillies and it's amazing none of them wants to flower, it’s just a forest of nice green leafs now..
We had water restrictions for ages and this dinking fountain have water for most of the time.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Zucchini or courgette
Zucchini or courgette, very tasty and popular vegetable here, especially for the hot summer days.
Speciality here is pastry with zucchini, very light and tasty.
Have a light and easy weekend.
Caravan of Peace
Our major Jasmin Imamović is signing the parchment of peace that Ravenna’s cyclist brought yesterday.
They continued their journey home.
Hello lovely people. I have to apologize for not being able to put up any photos in the last few days. I had a problem with internet so not only that I couldn't post any photos I also couldn't see yours either =(.
I'll do my best to catch up with lost time.
Cyclists from Ravenna
A group of cyclist from Ravenna, Italy have started a journey “Caravan of Peace” in Istanbul which will finish in Ravenna. Their aim is to connect different people, culture…
Today they arrived in Tuzla and they had a very nice welcoming.
This futuristic building is in a nearby town of Lukavac just 20 km from Tuzla. It's one of the first multiplex cinema in B&H.
Although it looks very alien amongst surrounding houses I just love it, it has been renovated from the old shopping centre.
Sometime at the end of June I was telling you about the archaeological park that has being built in Tuzla. Here is the progress, they started putting roofs over the stilt houses.
Stilt houses existed in Neolithic times and this archaeological park will show continuity of life in this area from that time.